Sick of spending way too much money on utilities every month? Gas and electric aren’t cheap these days. If you feel like your energy expenses are going out the window—sometimes, literally—then you’re gonna want to keep reading!
In this blog post, we break down 5 quick tips you can do today to make your home more energy efficient and reduce your heating and cooling costs. Let’s get started!
1. Program your thermostat. If you don’t already have a programmable thermostat, you can purchase and install one to control your heating and/or central air system. Once it’s ready, program it to be about 10 degrees lower in the winter and higher in the summer while you’re away at work. (A programmable thermostat will allow you to set a daily schedule so you don’t have to remember to change it every morning.) Then, you can set it for a more comfortable temperature during the hours you’re at home. This will save you tons of money throughout the year.
2. Change your air filter every 3 months. Most air filters are good for 60 to 90 days. After this point, they will become clogged with dirt, dust, and grime, which will make it harder for air to pass through them. Easier airflow means smaller energy expenditure.
3. Keep your air vents and registers clean. Make sure they’re free of dirt and dust buildups, and also make sure no furniture is blocking airflow.
4. Clean your air conditioner’s coils. If you have an AC unit that’s either partially or fully outside, do a weekly check on the outdoor portion to make sure the coils are clear of any debris like leaves, twigs, plants, etc. You can even power off the unit and vacuum the fins with your vacuum’s hose attachment to get rid of dirt and dust. Keeping it clean will greatly improve airflow.
5. Check your insulation. Did you know that approximately 90% of American homes are under-insulated? This is according to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association. Chances are, you’re losing a lot of heating and cooling energy through drafty windows, doors, electrical outlets, and even recessed lighting fixtures. Thankfully, weather stripping and caulk make for easy repairs you can DIY in an afternoon.
So, there you have it! Of course, there are countless other ways to improve your HVAC system’s energy efficiency and lower your monthly bills—like installing ENERGY STAR-rated equipment, for example.
If you’d like to know more about how to reduce your energy expenses every month, don’t hesitate to reach out to the pros at Peerless HVAC, Inc.! We’ve got you covered.